Photographer's Note

A 1 km paved path links the centre of Orchha with the Lakshminarayan Temple. Believe me, even after seeing so many temples & palaces in India (& as you would all be aware by now, we do not have a dearth of varied styles in India), nothing prepared me with what I saw.

The structure of the Lakshminarayan Temple is huge and dominates the surroundings. Located on a small hillock, one has to take a mildly steep path to reach it. The architecture of the building is impressive with an amalgamation of a fort and temple features that is very unique and fascinating. Built with lime mortar and bricks, the temple resembles a fort, with slots for cannons to fire at the enemy.

This beautiful temple was built circa a.d. 1622 by Vir Singh Deo, but soon fell into disrepair because of inadequate maintenance. Extensively renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793, the temple has a rectangular plan with four multi-faced projecting bastions at its four corners. The temple was built in honour of Laxmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. In the temple’s inner sanctum, Vir Singh built a peeth, or seat, for offering sacrifices to Laxmi. In this temple, sacrifices are made in a manner similar to those of the Tantrik cult. Tantra can best be described as yoga of action, not abstract contemplation.

I wanted to have the girl sitting on the roof of her small house in the frame. In fact I had thought of posting this wider view , but a good photographer friend advised that the house in the FG was disturbing the composition. So that picture goes as a Workshop post.

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